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    Alcaparra Capers-Capparis spinosa. Note for small immature flower buds.The palnt is a spiny, trailing, deciduous shrub native to the Mediterranean. It prefers warm humid climate and grow in abundance all around the Cyprus, Italy, Greece, North African and some Asia Minor regions. The shrub begins producing flower (caper) buds from third year of plantation.

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Jicama - If you haven't tried this versatile root vegetable, I suggest you do! It can be prepared sweet or savory, raw or cooked, and is rich in fiber and vitamins.

Health benefits of Okra The pods are among the very low calorie vegetables. They provide just 30 calories per 100 g besides containing no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are rich sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. The rich fiber and mucilaginous content in okra pods help in smooth peristalsis of digested food particles and relieve constipation condition.

Health benefits of Shallots Shallots have better nutrition profile than onions. Have more anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins on weight per weight basis than onions.

In general, natural vanilla extract is made by finely chopping the beans and infusing them by dripping alcohol on the pieces. Alternatively, the beans are bruised and infused in milk or cream for making ice-cream and sweet puddings One of the finest flavoring bases, used exclusively in sweet cookery, vanilla is added to cakes, biscuits, desserts and puddings.It is also used in confectionary to make chocolates, ice-creams, custards, chocolate drinks etc.

Health benefits of borage Borage is one of very popular culinary herb especially in Mediterranean countries. The herb contains many notable phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness. The herb parts contain essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), typically in concentrations of 17-20%. Linolenic acid is omega-6 fatty acid that play vital role in restoration of joint health, immunity, healthy skin and mucus membranes.

Health benefits of Lotus root Lotus root is one of low calorie root vegetables. 100 g root provides 74 calories. The root, nevertheless, composed of several health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Lotus rhizome is very good source dietary fibers; 100 g flesh provides 4.9 g or 13% of daily-requirement of dietary fiber. The fiber, together with slow digesting complex carbohydrates in the root help reduce blood cholesterol, sugar, body weight and constipation conditions.

Health benefits of marjoram Sweet marjoram is one of very popular herb especially in Mediterranean countries. It was used in ancient times by the Greeks to make wreaths and garlands and was believed as a symbol of peace, harmony and happiness. The herb contains many notable phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness.

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